Marshmallowivory in Anoles

The big question--were they making s'mores?

The big question–were they making s’mores?

The first anole paper of 2015 is a doozy. Everyone loves to roast marshmallows around a campfire. Turns out that “everyone” includes crested anoles, A. cristatellus! Read all about it in the paper by Norman Greenhawk in the new journal Life: the Excitement of Biology.

About Jonathan Losos

Professor and Curator of Herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. I've spent my entire professional career studying anoles and have discovered that the more I learn about anoles, the more I realize I don't know.

3 thoughts on “Marshmallowivory in Anoles

  1. This is interesting, but the author is incorrect in concluding that “this is the first record of an anole consuming a human-manufactured food item.” There is the classic (to some) case of the “chuckles” experiment conducted on Malpelo Island (Columbia) by Rand, Gorman & Rand (1975) (“Natural history, behavior, and ecology
    of Anolis agassizi”). Chuckles were a kind of brightly colored, jelly candy popular back in the day. They showed that the lizards preferred yellow and orange chuckles over red, green and black. The anoles consumed all they were offered.

    The paper is part of a compilation on investigations of Malpelo Island published by the Smithsonian and it is available for download here:

    http://www.sil.si.edu/SmithsonianContributions/Zoology/pdf_hi/SCTZ-0176.pdf

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